Deadmau5 Calls Out Kanye West for Software Piracy

Last night, Kanye West tweeted a screenshot to show fans what he was listening to on YouTube. The photo caught the attention of deadmau5, who noticed that one of Yeezy’s browser tabs was open to a Pirate Bay search for the Serum synthesizer plug-in, which is popular among dance and hip-hop producers. Having assumed that Kanye was looking to illegally download the software, deadmau5 responded with the following tweet:

The outspoken DJ/producer then followed up by suggesting a fundraiser should be launched so that Kanye can buy the plug-in. The tweet is presumably making fun of Kanye’s recent claim that he is $53 million in debt and appeal to Mark Zuckerberg for a $1 billion loan.

The piracy accusations come just weeks after sources reported that Kanye was considering a lawsuit against The Pirate Bay for illegally distributing The Life of Pablo. However, a suit has not yet been filed.
Kanye has since fired back at mau5 with a barrage of tweets making fun of his mouse outfit.

Related: Deadmau5 Ditches Major Label, Goes Indie

Deadmau5 Ditches Major Label, Goes Indie

deadmau5 (photo credit: Danny Mahoney)
Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is leaving Universal’s Astralwerks for Kobalt, an independent rights management and publishing company. The Canadian DJ/producer revealed his plans during a recent interview with Billboard.
Zimmerman said he’s bringing his recordings, publishing and Mau5trap label to Kobalt, which counts Skrillex, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, and Paul McCartney among its clients.
“The label does what’s good for the label. Always,” Zimmerman told Billboard. “It’s instilled in the industry that that’s the only way to do it. Well, not anymore.”
“I am very strict on what products I want to associate myself with, and I felt that some things were just to make a buck,” he said. “Then, we’d only get a little trickle, and I’d be like, ‘Wait, I look this stupid for only that much? Why am I looking stupid in the first place?’”
In addition to more freedom, Kobalt promises near-real-time review of publishing income and claims to collect 20 to 30 percent more revenue than the majors.
“I’m not saying I’m never gonna get f#cked again,” Zimmerman said. “But I do like the freedom that, if I do f#ck up, it’s my fault rather than the fault of someone who bought that responsibility from me.”
Zimmerman’s decision to leave Universal was reinforced by the fact that most of his income comes from touring. However, he still retains ownership of his back catalogue and will inherit full control from his former labels, Ultra and Universal, when their respective licenses expire in 2027 and 2029.
Related: Deadmau5 and Disney Settle Dispute Over Logo

Deadmau5 and Disney Settle Dispute Over Logo

Deadmau5 has been involved with a number of conflicts throughout the years, but his battle with Disney was one of the biggest.
Last September, the media giant filed a suit against mau5’s over the use of his “mouse head” logo, which they claimed was too similar to their Mickey Mouse logo. Deadmau5, not one to back down, vented on social media and responded with a cease and desist.
Now, eight months later, mau5’s attorney has announced that both parties have reached a settlement.
The terms of the deal haven’t been revealed yet, but the Hollywood Reporter points out that they’ll most likely be detailed in the papers to the Trademark Office.
Related: Deadmau5 Goes on Coffee Run with ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kristian Nairn

Deadmau5 Goes on Coffee Run with ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kristian Nairn

Up until last week, it had been eight months since deadmau5’s last “Coffee Run” episode. The outspoken DJ/producer appears to be on a roll though and went on another run this week with “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn aka Hodor.
Although the Irish actor is best known for his role on the show, he’s also an active DJ and launched a “Rave of Thrones” tour in the US last fall.
Related: Deadmau5 Grabs Coffee with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Deadmau5 Says He’ll DJ with Paris Hilton for 2 Million

Yes, even deadmau5 has a price. Although the outspoken DJ/producer has been feuding with Paris Hilton as of late, it turns out he’s willing to perform with her for two million bucks if given the chance. Watch the TMZ video above to see mau5 discuss the socialite-turned-DJ outside a fine-dining establishment.
UPDATE: deadmau5 tweeted Monday night that he was just joking:

Related: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Copyright Infringement

Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Copyright Infringement

UPDATE: Disney has responded to Deadmau5’s cease and desist letter. “Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr. Zimmerman’s attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation,” a Disney spokesperson told Rolling Stone. “Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.”
Earlier this week, we reported that deadmau5 is being sued by Disney for attempting to trademark his iconic mouse logo. Now, the Toronto DJ has fought back with a cease and desist that probably nobody except for his team saw coming.
Deadmau5 claims he never gave Disney permission to use his song “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” for their “Re-Micks” cartoon short that features old footage of the Mickey Mouse cartoon (see below):

Mau5 is clearly in war-mode, as he not only sent the letter to Disney’s legal team but also made it public on Twitter to his three million followers:

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